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# Philosopher: People are not intellectually well suited to live in larg

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19 May 2017, 02:04
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Philosopher: People are not intellectually well suited to live in large, bureaucratic societies. Therefore, people can find happiness, if at all, only in smaller political units such as villages.

The reasoning in the philosopher’s argument is flawed because the argument takes for granted that

(A) no one can ever be happy living in a society in which she or he is not intellectually well suited to live

(B) the primary purpose of small political units such as villages is to make people happy

(C) all societies that are plagued by excessive bureaucracy are large

(D) anyone who lives in a village or other small political unit that is not excessively bureaucratic can find happiness

(E) everyone is willing to live in villages or other small political units

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Re: Philosopher: People are not intellectually well suited to live in larg  [#permalink]

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10 May 2018, 02:46
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We can find it easily by breaking down the argument logically:
Since people aren't intellectually well suited to live in cities, they must live elsewhere to be happy. This clearly assumes that being intellectually well suited and being happy are somehow equivalent, or at least that one leads to the other, such as (A) no one can ever be happy living in a society in which she or he is not intellectually well suited to live.

As always, another (less efficient) way to solve is by process of elimination:
(A) no one can ever be happy living in a society in which she or he is not intellectually well suited to live. - right, if this were the case then indeed it would follow that to be happy you must live out of the city. this is indeed assumed.

(B) the primary purpose of small political units such as villages is to make people happy not necessary - this doesn't have to be the intent in order for it to be the effect

(C) all societies that are plagued by excessive bureaucracy are large not quite - it seems that the opposite is assumed : all large societies are bureaucratic. it's perfectly possible that some small societies are also bureaucratic, but this still doesn't negate the claim that only small communities can lead to happiness.

(D) anyone who lives in a village or other small political unit that is not excessively bureaucratic can find happiness no - first od all, this is not assumed, it is close to what is argued. second, the argument in't necessarily about everyone

(E) everyone is willing to live in villages or other small political units nope, irrelevant - people may not be willing, the argument is merely that if they want to be happy, they should
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